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Eragon Bromsson (Shadow slayer after the destruction of the shadow of Durza, Regicide after the destruction of Galbatorix) is a dragon rider and the son of Selena and Brom. After the dragon Saphira chose him and hatched, Eragon became the first dragon rider in 100 years not under the influence of the Empire. He killed King Galbatorix during the Battle of Uru'baen.
He grew up in the village of Carvahall, in the north of Alagäsia. He was trained first by Brom during his escape from Carvahall, and later by Oromis and Glaedr in Ellesméra.
Eragon was born in Carvahall to Brom and Selena. He grew up in modest circumstances in the house of his uncle, the farmer Garrow, and his wife Marian. He considered these two to be his parents until Marian's death.
He has a particularly close relationship with his cousin Roran, who is about two years older than him.
On his deathbed, his aunt reveals his mother's true identity to him. For a long time Eragon did not know who his father was. He learns that one day his mother came to Carvahall to give birth to her son with her loved ones. Where it came from and where it soon disappeared to remains a secret for the time being.
Only much later does Eragon learn from Oromis and Saphira that his mother was Morzan's wife, that he was born out of wedlock and that he was hidden from Morzan.
When Eragon happens to find a dragon egg, it changes his life fundamentally. He leaves his homeland and is drawn into the political turmoil of Alagaësia.
Eragon's life from the age of 16 is the main theme of the novels. Detailed summaries can be found in the articles for the individual books:
- Brom leaves Eragon with the sword Zar'roc, which he took from Morzan. It remains in Eragon's possession until it is stolen from him during the Second Battle of the Burning Steppes of Murtagh.
- Rhunön uses his help to make the Brisingr sword.
- Eragon receives the Aren ring from Ajihad after Brom has sent it to the Varden as a mark of identification. It is later given to him by Islanzadi as a present
- Belt of Beloth the Wise
- The belt of Beloth the Wise was given to Eragon by Oromis. Eragon uses it to store magical energy for emergencies. He loses it when he is held in Dras-Leona.
- Domia abr Wyrda
- Joed gives Eragon a copy of Domia abr Wyrda, which tells the story from the beginnings of Alagaesia up to a few decades before the war of the Dragon Riders. It is written entirely in the ancient language and is extremely rare.
Relationship to peoples and groups
What Eragon heard about the Varden as a child was based more on rumors and propaganda than facts. Like most of the other residents of Carvahall, he only knows that they are enemies of the Empire, but does not take a stand.
It is only during his escape from Carvahall that he learns from Brom who the Varden are and what goals they are pursuing. He also introduces him to the story of the Dragon Rider and Galbatorix's role in it. Brom makes it clear to him that as a dragon rider, Eragon will sooner or later be forced to fight on one of the two sides, the Galbatorix 'or that of the Varden. However, he advises him to be careful with the Varden as well.
Although Eragon repeatedly clashes with the Empire, this is initially no reason for him to join the Varden. Only later does he realize that this is the only alternative if he does not want to submit to the king.
On the run from the soldiers of the empire, he came to the Varden, who at that time lived with the dwarves under the mountain Farthen Dûr. The welcome the twins give him and the harshness and skepticism of the dwarfs make Eragon realize that not everyone welcomes him with open arms.
At the side of the Varden and dwarves, he then defends the dwarf city of Tronjheim against the Urgals and then swears allegiance to the new leader of the Varden, Nasuada.
This decision leads to conflicts with the dwarves and elves, who in turn seek control over the only free dragon rider, or at least want to ensure his loyalty.
When Eragon arrives in Tronjheim, he meets the dwarves for the first time. They encounter them in a wide variety of ways, sometimes friendly and expectant, sometimes skeptical, negative or even hostile. The reasons for this are numerous attacks by dragons in the past as well as the crimes of Galbatorix.
However, Hrothgar, the current king of the dwarves, welcomes Eragon very kindly and openly. In recognition of his services in the defense of Tronjheim, this Eragon offers membership in his clan, the Dûrgrimst Ingietum. Eragon accepts this, but suspects that there is more to this gesture and that Hrothgar wants to secure his loyalty as a matter of priority.
Outraged by Hrothgar's behavior, and out of general hostility towards dragons and dragon riders, the entire clan of dwarves Az Sweldn rak Anhûin Eragon swears Blood hostility. This later culminates in an assassination attempt on Eragon, which he is able to thwart.
Eragon's relationship with the dwarves of the other clans is rather positive and is based mainly on respect and recognition. When Eragon's friend Orik becomes king of the dwarves after Hrothgar's death, the Dûrgrimst Az Sweldn rak Anhûin is cast out because of the attempted assassination. When Saphira can subsequently restore the star sapphire that was destroyed during the Battle of Tronjheim, all doubts the dwarves about Eragon's intentions and his loyalty seem to have been dispelled.
Eragon's first encounter with elves takes place in dreams or visions when he unconsciously receives the cry for help from Arya captured in Gil'ead. Up to this point he has only heard stories about elves that seemed almost unreal to him due to their withdrawn way of life, but also their superhuman beauty and strength. Eragon falls in love instantly, but it takes a long time to become aware of it.
When he can free Arya, he does a great service to both the elves and the Varden without knowing it. Because as the daughter of the Elven Queen Islanzadi and ambassador to the dwarves and Varden, Arya holds an important position. When he later meets the elves in Du Weldenvarden, this gives him some advantages.
Like the dwarves, many elves view Eragon with skepticism. They would have preferred if Saphira had chosen a rider from among the ranks of the elves. On the one hand because they would then have been sure of his loyalty, on the other hand because elves have superior strength and reflexes.
While Islanzadi is friendly and trustworthy to Eragon, Saphira and Eragon agree that Islanzadi is the most inscrutable and unpredictable of their allies and that they should be careful with her.
During his apprenticeship with Oromis and Glaedr, Eragon gets to know and understand the way of life and worldview of the elves. But the arrogant and dismissive behavior of his training partner Vanir reminds him of the disdain and disappointment that some elves show him because of his human origins.
When Eragon's body is changed by magic during the blood vow ceremony and becomes similar to that of an elf, these prejudices seem to have been dispelled.
Like most people, Eragon has long been prejudiced against the Urgals. They have a reputation for being savage, uncivilized, and unscrupulous butchery, and are hated by most. The reason for this are the numerous attacks by the Urgals on human settlements.
The fact that the Urgals pull against the Varden on Galbatorix's mission only worsens Eragon's impression. For a long time he regarded them as animals, which he found much easier to kill than to kill people.
During his apprenticeship with the elves, he spoke to Oromis about this subject. He respects the Urgals and gives Eragon many writings about their culture to read. Although Eragon absorbs the knowledge, his image of the Urgals does not initially change.
When, before the Battle of the Burning Steppes, a squad of Urgals came to the Varden to support them in battle, Eragon's voice was one of the loudest to oppose it. There is a dispute with Nasuada, who accepts the help of the Urgals.
When Eragon later travels to the dwarves with Nar Garzhvog, he makes the first attempts to really understand the culture of the Urgals and asks them many questions about his people. Even if he may still not trust the Urgals, he at least develops respect for them and appreciation for Nar Garzhvog during this time.
Relationships and friendships
The relationship between Eragon and Saphira is very diverse. As soon as Saphira hatches, both immediately love each other. Before they can understand each other in their minds, however, Eragon doesn't feel much more about Saphira than about an ordinary, albeit rare, pet.
When he can feel her thoughts for the first time, it scares him off. He feels incomprehension and shyness, if not fear, and flees from it. Their relationship is further strained when Saphira tries to protect him from the Ra'zac and is thrown into the hump with him. Eragon blames her for Garrow's death, but soon realizes he's wrong.
The first time he rode Saphira's back, he rubs her scales so sore that at first he refuses to ever do it again. Only under Brom's leadership do Eragon and Saphira learn to deal with each other. With a new saddle, Eragon is no longer afraid of riding Saphira. After their second flight, the two ultimately seem to get along.
As they go on, their relationship slowly gets closer. While they just act like good friends at the beginning of their adventures, over time they act more and more like one and the same person. Often times, while fighting, they willingly bring about this amalgamation in order to increase their fighting strength and effectiveness. But even in everyday life it occasionally happens that they think alike and, for example, unconsciously alternate sentences.
But Eragon and Saphira also have opposing character traits. Saphira is sometimes quite bloodthirsty, while Eragon develops a disgust for killing and sometimes sees the faces of killed opponents in nightmares. According to Saphira, it can be seen as an advantage that they complement and balance each other in this way. You refer to yourself as that Each other's conscience.
Over time, the two are so attached to each other that the thought of a life without the other frightens and repels them. Should either die, the loss of the dragon or rider can lead to madness or self-destructive anger.
- Different representation in the film
In the film adaptation of the first book it is emphasized several times that the dragons are their riders serve. Furthermore, it is shown as if Saphira would sacrifice herself for Eragon at any time, since she would also die if something happened to him. The viewer gets the impression that Eragon's life is therefore more valuable than Saphiras.
But this is in contrast to the books. There the relationship between dragon and rider is described as being of equal value. It is clearly stated there that many mistakenly only pay attention to the rider and regard the dragon as an exotic mount. Saphira is also occasionally a little annoyed if you pay too little attention to it compared to Eragon.
Eragon only learns in Du Weldenvarden from Oromis and Glaedr, long after his death, that Brom was his father. He has known Brom since childhood as the village storyteller. Even at that time, he always had a good relationship with him and he had the feeling that Brom also liked him.
When the Ra'zac come to Carvahall and Eragon flees, Brom accompanies him, guides him and trains him. However, he initially keeps a lot a secret from Eragon, especially details about his past. As he later tells Eragon in a memory from Saphiras, this was mainly done in order not to endanger the relationship of trust between the two and not to distract Eragon from his education. Eragon later suspects that Brom was afraid that he might disapprove of his behavior and turn away from him or even hate him.
While Brom is a teacher and friend to Eragon, he secretly wants nothing more than to tell Eragon the truth and to be able to talk to him like a father. He is very proud of Eragon.
When they are ambushed by the Ra'zac, Brom saves Eragon's life but is mortally wounded himself. On his deathbed, he reveals his past as a dragon rider to Eragon and instructs him to take good care of Saphira. Eragon is deeply affected by the loss. Like Garrow's death, Brom's death is a key experience for Eragon and crucial to his fight against the Ra'zac and Galbatorix.
Roran and Eragon have been very close to each other since childhood. They grow up together like brothers. They trust each other completely, so Eragon occasionally acts as the courier for Roran's messages to his girlfriend Katrina. He is deeply saddened when Roran tells him about his plans to leave him and Garrow to work at Therinsford.
When Garrow is killed and Eragon escapes Carvahall, Roran is unsettled about Eragon's role. Suspecting that Eragon could possibly be responsible for Garrow's death, he vacillates between brotherly love and blame. In any case, he is certain that Eragon's strange blue stone, which he does not know to be a dragon's egg, is the trigger for the incidents.
He is all the more confused when, during the escape of the residents from Carvahall in Teirm, he sees a notice with a horrific head bonus for Eragon. He finally learns the details of Eragon's escape from Jeod. He is of the opinion that Eragon should have told him about Saphira, but also accepts Jeod's explanations why he did not do it.
When he learns that Eragon has found the Ra'zac on whom he wants to take revenge, and that Saphira is the only way to get to the Helgrind, he tries all the more urgently to reach Eragon in Surda. He believes that Eragon can settle his partial debt for Garrow's death by helping Roran kill the Ra'zac.
The two are finally reconciled only after they have flown to the Helgrind, who killed Ra'zac and freed Katrina. This manifests itself, for example, in the fact that Roran values that Eragon is the one who performs Katrinas and his wedding ceremony.
Between Eragon and Roran stands the truth about Katrina's father Sloan, who did not die on the Helgrind, as Eragon claims. It is still unclear whether this will come to light and how it will affect their relationship.
During the time when Eragon followed the trail of the Ra'zac with Brom, he had several visions of Arya in his sleep, without knowing who she was or where she was. He's not even sure if it really exists or is just an invention of his dreams. He is immediately drawn to her and decides to look for her should he find any clues about her whereabouts. After Arya's liberation, he can hardly take his eyes off her.
When he made contact with her in his mind for the first time, he was fascinated by the strangeness, beauty and strength of her spirit. He manages to dispel her initial suspicions and she tells him how he can reach the Varden. Concern for Arya's well-being drives him to great hurry.
After her recovery in Farthen Dûr, a strong friendship is formed.
Eragon, whose feelings for Arya go beyond friendship, tries several times to get closer to her, but is rejected each time by her. The reasons against a relationship are given that she is much older than him, comes from a different race, that elves love differently than humans, that a relationship distracts him from his duties, and others. It also becomes clear that Arya is still mourning her deceased companion, Faeolin, who was a good friend to her.
However, especially in The Wisdom of Fire, there are indications that she feels a little more for him. For example that Arya just goes looking for him when he doesn't come from the Helgrind. She also speaks frankly about her past around the campfire and allows Eragon to touch her hand. After the battle of the soldiers, she heals his hand, although he would be able to do it himself and says, embarrassed, that she was glad that Eragon is there. When he replied that he was also glad that she was there, she gave a small, embarrassed smile. In the fight against Murtagh she gives him energy and told him in the old language that she doesn't want him to be defeated, but then hesitates to say more.As a final clue, we have the fact that after learning of Glaedr and Oromis dead, she embraces Eragon and they comfort each other.
Arya's feelings towards Eragon have not yet been expressed in concrete terms, it can only be speculated.
When Eragon meets Murtagh, he initially keeps a secret that he is the son of Morzan. When he learns that Brom is the one who killed his father, and that Eragon now wears his sword Zar'roc, he reacts dismayed and thoughtful. However, he hides his true feelings.
The two team up because they have the same goal, namely to track down and kill the Ra'zac. In the course of their journey, they make friends. However, there is some evidence that Murtagh may be the envy of Eragon's magical abilities and Morzan's sword.
When they reach Farthen Dûr, Murtagh reveals his origins to Eragon, but distances himself from his father's behavior. Eragon believes this because of their friendship and defends Murtagh from the twins and Ajihad, but cannot prevent him from being arrested.
When Eragon later visits him, however, he shows no signs of anger. He's happy to see Eragon.
After the battle for Farthen Dûr, Murtagh disappears without a trace and is believed to be dead, which makes Eragon very troubled. It takes away the fact that all the people important to him seem to die one after the other, first Garrow, then Brom and now Murtagh.
His dismay is all the greater when Murtagh confronts him as an enemy during the battle on the Burning Steppes. Eragon feels sorry for him, tries to help and pull him over to the Varden side. Murtagh, who defeated Eragon in a duel, spares them because of their friendship, and because he believes he is Eragon's brother.
At that moment their previous roles are reversed. Murtagh no longer has to look up to Eragon's abilities, but is himself the stronger of the two. Therefore, and because he is the older (half) brother, he considers himself the rightful owner of Morzan's sword and takes it from Eragon.
The next time they meet, it becomes clear that Murtagh and Dorn are suffering from their service to Galbatorix. However, Murtagh refuses to give up his real name and thus his identity for his freedom. Because of the oaths he has made, he has no choice but to fight against Eragon.
When Eragon has to fight Murtagh again in Urû'baen because Galbatorix wanted so, he defeats him.
Eragon and Saphira follow Murtagh and Dorn as the two fly away. Eventually they meet and talk to each other. In the course of this, Murtagh explains that there is no future for him in Alagaesia at the moment, he and Dorn want to fly north, where there are few or no people and they can calmly get over what Galbatorix has done to them. He knows that he and Nasuada cannot get together and that he would never be accepted by the dwarves because he had killed their king, Hrothgar. Eragon forgives him for his deeds and invites him to come to him one day, when Murtagh and Dorn's spiritual wounds are healed and they are no longer looking for solitude. The dragons, whose Eldunarí Eragon carries with him, give him some advice for the rest of his life. Glaedr claims that while he cannot forgive Murtagh for killing his rider Oromis, he understands that it was Galbatorix who directed their bodies and had no desire for revenge.
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